Are you searching for a durable yet natural looking tooth replacement option? Perhaps you want a prosthetic tooth that lasts longer than a bridge and requires less maintenance. If so, dental implants are a great option that may meet your needs. Incredibly strong, dental implants last for decades and even for the rest of a patient’s life in some cases. Our oral surgeons place dental implants to help patients regain oral function after tooth loss.
What makes up a dental implant?
The implant itself is a small titanium post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone where the empty tooth socket is located. In addition to the implant, patients will have a permanent crown attached to an abutment to fully restore a lost tooth’s structure. When it comes to crowns, patients have a few materials from which to choose including metals and porcelain.
What makes a dental implant durable?
Titanium is a very strong metal and of course, the construction of the implant plays a role in its durability. However, the other factor that contributes to an implant’s longevity is the fact that the jawbone surrounding the implant anchors it in place by fusing to the metal post. Since the bone, over time, integrates with the implant, patients enjoy a sturdy base for their prosthetic crown that will not move.
What are the benefits of an implant?
Implants possess a few advantages for helping patients maintain healthy oral structures. Since the titanium post is in the jawbone and functions like a tooth’s root, it helps prevent bone atrophy, which can lead to further tooth loss and alter the shape of a patient’s face. Implants also support adjacent biological teeth and prevent them from shifting into empty tooth sockets. Lastly, dental implants allow a patient to enjoy eating a full, balanced diet without difficulty chewing.
If you have experienced tooth loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. At your appointment, our team will determine the best treatment plan for your needs. Call us today at 405-624-1300 to schedule an examination.